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by Martin V. Melosi

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  • ISBN 0822961415
  • ISBN13 978-0822961413
  • Language English
  • Author Martin V. Melosi
  • Publisher University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2011)
  • Pages 320
  • Formats mbr azw azw lit
  • Category Engineering
  • Subcategory Engineering
  • Size ePub 1260 kb
  • Size Fb2 1744 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 226

As an essential resource, water has been the object of warfare, political wrangling, and individual and corporate abuse. It has also become an object of commodification, with multinational corporations vying for water supply contracts in many countries. In Precious Commodity, Martin V. Melosi examines water resources in the United States and addresses whether access to water is an inalienable right of citizens, and if government is responsible for its distribution as a public good.       Melosi provides historical background on the construction, administration, and adaptability of water supply and wastewater systems in urban America. He cites budgetary constraints and the deterioration of existing water infrastructures as factors leading many municipalities to seriously consider the privatization of their water supply. Melosi also views the role of government in the management of, development of, and legal jurisdiction over America’s rivers and waterways for hydroelectric power, flood control, irrigation, and transportation access. Looking to the future, he compares the costs and benefits of public versus private water supply, examining the global movement toward privatization.


In his latest book Precious Commodity, Martin Melosi does plead guilty for trying to connect pressing current environmental issues with their past histories (. I)

In his latest book Precious Commodity, Martin Melosi does plead guilty for trying to connect pressing current environmental issues with their past histories (. I). No big certainties for Melosi. Instead, his examination of public versus private water control shows the complexity of water resources development and management

Environmental Historians and urban historians alike will find Effluent America a useful book to have on the shelf.

Environmental Historians and urban historians alike will find Effluent America a useful book to have on the shelf.

MelosiMartin . 2011. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA. 288 pages.

Melosi provides historical background on the construction, administration, and adaptability of water supply and wastewater systems in urban America. He cites budgetary constraints and the deterioration of existing water infrastructures as factors leading many municipalities to seriously consider the privatization of their water supply.

University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA.

In Precious Commodity, Martin V. Melosi examines water resources in. .Melosi provides historical background on the construction, administration, and adaptability of water supply and wastewater systems in urban America.

Martin Melosi’s most recent book, Precious Commodity, explores the history of efforts to provide pure water and adequate sanitary systems to America’s cities, a process fraught with politics and favoritism and complicated by the frequent conflict between economic.

Martin Melosi’s most recent book, Precious Commodity, explores the history of efforts to provide pure water and adequate sanitary systems to America’s cities, a process fraught with politics and favoritism and complicated by the frequent conflict between economic benefits and human need. Melosi, a history professor at the University of Houston, does an adequate job of examining the effects of this conflict in selected . In the process, Melosi also explains the historical factors that led some cities to choose privately owned water and sewer systems over publicly owned utilities.

Effluent America : Cities, Industry, Energy, and the Environment.

book by Martin V. Melosi. Garbage, wastewater, hazardous waste: these are the lenses through which Melosi views nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. Effluent America : Cities, Industry, Energy, and the Environment.

He examines the evolution of water supply, sewage systems, and solid waste disposal during three distinct eras: The Age of Miasmas (pre-1880); The Bacteriological Revolution (1880-1945); and The New Ecology (1945 to present-day).

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